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UK "Real" Estate: The Strand

Strand, often called the Strand, is a major thoroughfare in the City of Westminster in central London that forms part of the A4 road. It is just over three-quarters of a mile in length from its western origin at Trafalgar Square to its eastern end at Temple Bar, where it continues into Fleet Street, marking Westminster’s boundary with the City of London. 1,818 more words

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Tour of York

WARNING: You will want to visit York after watching this video. 

Today, I’m a little uninspired for the blog posts. (Partly because my brain is fried from revising my dissertation) But, I leave you with this really cool YouTube video commemorating York’s 800th anniversary (800?!?) in 2012. 83 more words

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The Anaesthetized Queen & the Path to Painless Childbirth

‘Did the epidural hurt?’ I ask Rebecca Rideal—editor of The History Vault—one morning as we sit outside the British Library.

‘Not really.’ She hesitates, clearly wanting to say more without divulging too much information. 1,072 more words


sandvick reblogged this on DailyHistory.org and commented:

The Chirurgeon's Apprentice has a posted an article about the introduction of the use of chloroform for childbirth in 1840s Britain. The post describes how Queen Victoria even used chloroform when her seventh child, Prince Leopold, was born. VIctoria's use of the drug helped popularize the drug for childbirth.

The 19th Century Educational System (or Lack Thereof)

The 19th Century Educational System (or Lack Thereof)

“Public” schools were founded through generous donations for the male children of the towns of Eton and Harrow, and they were originally open to all. 547 more words

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Belfast :Traditions

As he waits,

the grey-haired man

smiles at his grandson

practising marching in step,

clouds prevent the sun

from gleaming on silver trumpets,

drums stay mute, 16 more words


Victoria’s Daughters by Jerrold M. Packard

As the title suggested, the book was about Queen Victoria’s five daughters, Vicky, Alice, Helena, Louise and Beatrice. It depicted their lives in three chronical periods, the pre-marital life, marriage life and post-Victorian era life, for some.  352 more words


Frances de Vere, Countess of Surrey

My 15th great-grandmother was  lady in waiting to Anne Boleyn when she was married at the age of 15. She managed to stay alive during the shaky royal shake downs that caused her husband to be beheaded. 656 more words